General Manager Libraries and Community Services, Debbie Duncan said records showed that during 2015 almost 1,000,000 books were borrowed from the Library.
"I'm thrilled that the community are making such good use of the Library and that in this technological era, books are still enjoyed by so many. Staff are committed to meeting customer needs and are always open to suggestions for future purchases."
Adults favoured fast-paced thrillers and the adventure genre, with Lee Child titles featuring prominently in the top 20. Sagas and romantic books came a close second.
Eleanor Catton's award winning New Zealand read, The Luminaries, came in at number 14. It was published in 2013 and the TV adaptation is being filmed in Hokitika.
Children preferred humour, particularly if it was mixed with 'wimpiness', or action stories featuring adventurous mice. Classic picture books were a hit, including the musically accompanied Wonky Donkey.
Young adult titles appearing in the top twenty touched on relationships, or the excitement and escapism of sci-fi & fantasy.
In the non-fiction arena, we could see why Palmerston North is reputed to have the most eateries per capita in the country with foodie books a firm favourite. Annabel Langbein was the most popular author with three books in the top 20. However, it was the late Peter Williams' book, The Dwarf Who Moved: and Other Remarkable Tales from a Life in the Law that topped the adult's non-fiction list for a single title. Five other biographies were scattered throughout.
Children focused on hobbies, especially Minecraft and Lego while younger readers enjoyed animal themed books.
|Titles - Adult's Top Twenty Fiction|
|2||Child, Lee.||A Wanted Man||261|
|3||Grisham, John.||Gray Mountain||254|
|4||Child, Lee.||The Affair||227|
|5||Binchy, Maeve.||Chestnut Street||212|
|6||Paetro, Maxine.; Patterson, James.||Unlucky 13||206|
|7||Moyes, Jojo.||One Plus One||201|
|8||Picoult, Jodi.||Leaving Time||201|
|9||Child, Lee.||Worth Dying for||200|
|10||Child, Lee.||Never Go Back||199|
|11||Child, Lee.||Die Trying||188|
|12||Grisham, John.||Sycamore Row||186|
|15||Child, Lee.||The Visitor||164|
|16||Binchy, Maeve.||A Week in Winter||163|
|17||Grisham, John.||The Racketeer||161|
|18||Sparks, Nicholas.||The Longest Ride||157|
|19||Roberts, Nora.||The Liar||155|
|20||Smith, Wilbur A.||Vicious Circle||153|